Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Wrath of the Lich King

I don't post about my gaming very much, though I've been a gamer since high school. A few months ago I was playing World of Warcraft so rarely that I was ready to let my account lapse. I'd finally levelled a character all the way up to 70, did some raiding, saw how the endgame worked, and was bored.

My main problem with the game is that nothing in it is all that hard, it's just time consuming. In order to have the best items, all you need to do is devote your life to sitting in a chair and killing the same pixillated monsters over and over again. Really, this isn't interesting to me, unless I'm so exhausted by insomnia that I can't really do anything else. (Even then it isn't interesting, it's just the only thing I can do that involves some form of accomplishment.)

I was planning to move on to Spore next, only upon learning about their DRM, I decided to join the boycott against that game. I just believe that EA is going about trying to control piracy in the wrong way and hope they pick a different model for future projects.

So lately I've gone back Azeroth to tinker around. My old guild is starting up again and they're great people; they're my age, most of them married, some with kids, and like me are interested in seeing the raid content without wrecking their lives being hardcore raiders. While the game is still repetitive, the social aspect makes it fun. Killing the same old monsters is much more interesting if you're teamed up with friends. Wrath of the Lich King, the new expansion, is coming out in November at about the right time for me to ask for it from the hubby as a birthday present. The instances in this expansion (areas of the game where players must go in as a cooperative team to play - which is what I really like about MMORPGs) are supposed to be a lot shorter so that casual gamers can complete them during their play time. All of the raids can be done with teams of ten players, which my guild can manage, so it would be theoretically possible for a smaller group of us to raid all teh way through the endgame. I know it's a ploy by Blizzard to keep their subscribers subscribing, but for right now it's working on me. I think I'll stick around in the game a little longer.

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